Tyler Perry also let Meghan and Harry live in his Beverly Hills home for six weeks when they desperately needed shelter and security.
American comedian and filmmaker Tyler Perry is taking up an important role in his life by becoming the godfather to Lilibet Diana, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. According to PEOPLE, 53-year-old Perry revealed this grand news in the final episode of the Netflix docuseries, Harry & Meghan. The royal couple asked Perry to be the godfather of their secondborn child in 2021 via a phone call. “They were pretty serious on the phone,” recalls Perry, who was used to hearing Harry and Meghan being more lighthearted over their usual telephonic conversations. "I go, 'Okay, what's going on?' They said, 'Well, we'd like for you to be Lili's godfather.' I go, 'Whoa, I had to take a minute to take that in," he added.
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"And I thought, 'I'd be honored. I'd absolutely be honored," Perry continued.
However, Perry got off the telephone and his agreement to become Lilibet’s godfather came with a little condition. "I called them back and go, 'Uh, hold on a second — does this mean we gotta go over to the U.K. and do all of that in church with the royal family and figure all that out? 'Cause I don't wanna do that,' " he said. He then added, "Maybe we can do a little private ceremony here in the U.S. and let that be that, and if you have to do it there, then that's okay."
Harry and Meghan named Tyler Perry the godfather of their daughter Lilibet after he let them live in his Beverly Hills home for six weeks when they desperately needed shelter and security: https://t.co/ekpEjlazNh #HarryAndMeghanNetflix pic.twitter.com/PYD4Qe9GlY— Decider (@decider) December 18, 2022
In the docuseries, Perry made further revelations about how he got acquainted with Meghan. He had sent her a letter ahead of her wedding to let her know that he was praying for her, amid the "hurtful" controversy surrounding her and her estranged relationship with her dad, Thomas Markle. Even though Meghan has never met Perry in person, she remembered how Perry had sent her a letter before her wedding which read that “he would be there if she needed anything.”
Tyler Perry; Lilibet Diana. NETFLIX pic.twitter.com/gMtwUm44Xo— Angel M Edel (@AngelME07888327) December 18, 2022
According to Entertainment Weekly, when Meghan and Harry were trying to relocate from their residence in Canada with their son Archie after the media discovered their location when the pandemic hit in 2020, Perry offered to shelter the royal pair in his Los Angeles property. "This was like a week before COVID and we'd been stuck at this house where everyone in the world knew where we were, unprotected, with no security," Harry recalled in the Netflix series.
He swooped in to rescue them during a time of need.https://t.co/YUg1XYeOlX— British GLAMOUR (@GlamourMagUK) December 22, 2022
Meghan revealed, "Months and months and months went by and then one day, when we were in Canada I called him, finally after years at that point, the first time we ever spoke, and I was just a wreck. I was just crying and crying. Like, sometimes, it's easier to just open up to someone who knows nothing at all, and that was that moment with me and Tyler."
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